Transport and City Planning MSc
Options: PG Diploma, PG Certificate
This new MSc brings a cross-disciplinary focus to transport and urban planning which is unique, aiming to foster “smart solutions” to the current critical challenges of transitioning to sustainable travel behaviours and sustainable cities, in the UK and internationally.
Mode of study
- Full-time 1 year
- Flexible up to 5 years
- UK/EU Full-time: £10,800
- Overseas Full-time: £19,550
Fees for flexible, modular study are charged pro-rata to the appropriate full-time Master's fee taken in an academic session.
- UK/EU applicants: 1 August 2014
- Overseas applicants: 15 June 2014
- Flexible/Modular: 5 September 2014
More details in Application section.
What will I learn?
Students will directly link theory and practice and work toward the realisation of plans for transport that will effectively work in the real world. Their ideas will be tested in projects in London and internationally that are developed by transport planning, urban planning and development practitioners.
Why should I study this degree at UCL?
The UCL Bartlett is the UK's largest multi-disciplinary Faculty of the Built Environment, bringing together scientific and professional specialisms required to research, understand, design, construct and operate the buildings and urban environments of the future.
There is a strong focus on transport and city planning in research activities at the UCL Bartlett. Current activities include: VIBAT (Visioning and Backcasting for Transport), SINTROPHER (innovative public transport options in peripheral regions), SYNAPTIC (the seamless travel journey), the OMEGA centre (the planning and delivery of major infrastructure projects) and we work with various project sponsors such as Transport for London, the Asian Development Bank, European Investment Bank, etc..
Accreditation is sought from the Royal Town Planning Institute as a ‘specialist’ fourth year. Candidates would also be eligible to apply for the Transport Planning Professional (TPP) qualification and to become members of the Institution of Highways (IHT) and Transport Planning Society (TPS).
Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits. The programme consists of six core modules (90 credits), two optional modules (30 credits) and a dissertation/report (60 credits).
A Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits, full-time nine months) is offered.
A Postgraduate Certificate (60 credits, full-time three months) is offered.
All students undertake an independent research project which culminates in a dissertation in transport and city planning of 10,000 words.
Teaching and Learning
The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, seminars, project work, and site visits. Assessment is through examinations, essays, group/individual projects and presentation, and a dissertation.
Further details available on subject website:
Scholarships available for this department
For prospective full-time UK Master's students in the Bartlett School of Planning. There is no application procedure; all eligible students will be considered by the School of Planning. This award is based on academic merit.
These awards are based on academic merit.
These scholarships are based on financial need.
Selection based solely on financial need.
For a prospective UK Master's student from under-represented background enrolling on a participating programme . Selection based solely on financial need.
Further information about funding and scholarships can be found on the Scholarships and funding website.
A minimum of a second-class Bachelor’s degree from a UK university or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard. Admissions tutors may, at their discretion, consider applications from students who have not achieved this but hold professional qualifications – e.g. Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) – or work experience in the field of transport planning or urban planning.
Select your country for equivalent alternative requirements
English language proficiency level: Standard
How to apply
The deadline for UK/EU applications is 1 August 2014. International students who require a Tier 4 visa are strongly advised to submit their application before 15 June 2014. The deadline for flexible/modular study is 5 September 2014.
Who can apply?
This programme is likely to appeal to candidates wishing to work across disciplines and at the strategic levels; to transport planning or engineering graduates; urban planning or geography graduates. It is suited to graduates wishing to enter either the transport planning or urban planning professions, in the UK and international, and in the public and private sectors or civil society.
What are we looking for?
When we assess your application we would like to learn:
- why you want to study Transport and City Planning at graduate level
- why you want to study Transport and City Planning at UCL
- what particularly attracts you to this programme
- how your academic and professional background meets the demands of this programme
- where you would like to go professionally with your degree
This programme will equip students with the skills needed to work effectively as transport and planning practitioners in urban contexts in the public or third sector (e.g. in consultancy, central government, Transport for London (TfL), Greater London Authority (GLA), metropolitan authorities, local authorities, international investment banks, quangos and lobby groups). The first cohort of students on this new programme are due to graduate in 2014, therefore no career destinations are currently available.
"London is the hub of the most interesting things going on in the UK, with governmental organisations, built environment consultancies and some great academic institutions."
Dr Robin Hickman
Senior Lecturer in Transport Planning
Subject: Development Planning, Faculty: Built Environment
"There is a huge variety of different training courses that you can take at UCL to improve your research and personal skills."
Sonia Friere Trigo
Degree: Planning Studies PhD